Each chakra has a general placement in the body, a color association, and is connected to a sound and a natural element. In addition, there are common themes that we experience on a recurring basis that have their deep energy roots in the chakras. For example, the Root Chakra at the base of the spine is connected to the element of earth, our family, the ability to feel grounded and have trust. If we have been “uprooted” from our home or family, we may feel disconnected, unsure or even fearful. By recognizing this, we gain the wisdom that lies within the chakras as a tool for self-discovery and transformation. This infinite wisdom brings our learning, personal healing and awareness to a higher level of consciousness.
The fourth chakra is commonly known as the heart chakra. In the center of the heart chakra sits a 12 petal green lotus flower containing the Star of David, which represents all aspects of love, compassion, forgiveness, grief, sorrow, joy and our heart’s truest longings. The color of this energy center is commonly seen as a beautiful emerald green. Heart chakra is related to the respiratory system, physical heart, lungs and the thymus, which regulates the immune system. On emotional, mental and spiritual levels, this energy center is vital to our ability to give and receive love. Without this ability, our lives can feel incomplete and unfulfilled. The heart chakra is a powerful space to open to love, practice forgiveness and create the life we are meant to live.
How do I connect with my chakras?
Understanding the energy of each chakra can be multilayered and unique to you. The location and general color theory of the chakras is a great place to begin.
Root Chakra – Red – Base of the Spine – Earth
Sacral Chakra – Orange – Below the Navel- Water
Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow – Center of Top Ribs- Fire
Heart Chakra – Green – Center of Chest – Air
Throat Chakra – Sky Blue – Center of Throat – Space
Third Eye Chakra – Indigo Blue – Center of Brows – Light
Crown Chakra – Violet – Top of Head – Consciousness
When we begin to explore our relationship to our experiences through the chakras, we find deeper insights as well as wisdom and healing on many levels. You might begin by identifying areas that you are drawn to through their color or location in the physical body. Spend time bringing focus and breath to those areas. Where attention goes, awareness flows, so making this a part of your personal practice is a powerful way to learn about your unique subtle body.